White Sox, Dodgers kick off spring training


White Sox, Dodgers kick off spring training

The White Sox will be kicking off their spring training schedule against the Dodgers on Feb. 23 in Glendale, Ariz.

The South Siders will play 16 home games at Camelback Ranch, including one against the Cubs on March 15 and the Giants on March 4, two against the NL Central champion Reds (March 2 and March 10) and one against the Athletics, winners of the AL West, on March 16. The Sox will face the Cubs for one additional matchup in Mesa on March 7.

Here's a look at the team's full schedule in Arizona:

TimeFeb. 23
LA Dodgers
1:05 p.m.
Feb. 24
LA Dodgers
1:05 p.m.Feb. 25
San Francisco
1:05 p.m.Feb. 26
Texas1:05 p.m.Feb. 27
Texas1:05 p.m.Feb. 28
Milwaukee1:05 p.m.March 1
Cleveland1:05 p.m.March 2
Cincinnati1:05 p.m.March 3
San Diego
1:05 p.m.March 4
San Francisco
1:05 p.m.March 5
Team USA
1:05 p.m.March 6
Off day

March 7
Cubs1:05 p.m.March 8
San Diego
1:05 p.m.March 9
Arizona1:05 p.m.March 10
Cincinnati1:05 p.m.March 11
Colorado1:05 p.m.March 12
Off day

March 13
Cleveland1:05 p.m.March 14
LA Angels
1:05 p.m.March 15
Cubs12:05 p.m.
March 16
Oakland1:05 p.m.March 17
Kansas City
1:05 p.m.March 18
Off day

March 19
Cincinnati1:05 p.m.March 20
Arizona1:05 p.m.March 21
Milwaukee1:05 p.m.
March 22
Oakland7:05 p.m.
March 23
LA Dodgers
7:05 p.m.March 24
Kansas City
1:05 p.m.March 25
LA Angels
1:05 p.m.March 26
Texas1:05 p.m.
March 27
Cleveland12:05 p.m.
March 28
Off day
March 29
Milwaukee7:05 p.m.
March 30
Milwaukee1:05 p.m.
The White Sox will open the 2013 regular season against Kansas City on April 1.

Anthony Rizzo fires back at Miguel Montero: 'You're a selfish player'

Anthony Rizzo fires back at Miguel Montero: 'You're a selfish player'

Anthony Rizzo pulled no punches in firing back at Miguel Montero after Tuesday night's rant.

Montero didn't even wait to get changed after the Washington Nationals stole seven bases, immediately throwing pitcher Jake Arrieta under the bus for not holding players on.

Rizzo — the face of the franchise and one of the leaders in the clubhouse — hopped on David Kaplan's radio show on ESPN 1000 Wednesday morning and aboslutely ripped Montero:

"When you point fingers, you're a selfish player. We have another catcher that throws everyone out."

"This is all over TV last night. Now I gotta talk about it today. We win as 25, lose as 25. To call teammates out? What's the point?"

Rizzo is dead on in referencing Willson Contreras, who is throwing out 34 percent of runners attempting to steal against him. Contreras may have one of the best arms in the game, but he is catching the exact same pitching staff Montero is and has found a way to nab 16 would-be basestealers out of 47 attempts.

Meanwhile, Cubs numbers list Montero as 0-for-31 in throwing out basestealers.

The league average caught-stealing rate is 28 percent.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.

Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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